WTA New Haven: Pavlyuchenkova v McHale, 8pm

Pavlyuchenkova has won all 3 of their previous meetings. They last met in Canada in July 2016. She won in straight sets on a hard court.  Their other 2 matches went to 3 sets on hard and grass courts.


McHale lost in the qualifying rounds this week. She beat Haddad Maia and Doi in 2 sets but lost out to Cepede in the third qualifying round. Her recent form has been disappointing.

Stronger hard court results for Pavlyuchenkova this year. She  has has an excellent season though she was poor last week in Cincinnati. She reached the quarter finals in her last 2 visits to this tournament which were in 2011 and 2013.

Pavlyuchenkova should take this if fit but I wouldn’t back her until she gets broken.

ATP Winston Salem Open: Istomin v Dzumhur, 11pm

Dzumhur won their only previous meeting. That was in Nottingham in June 2016 and he won on grass in 3 sets.

Much better results for Dzumhur this year. He has won 55% of his matches. he has struggled to meet his standard of last season.  He played the final of a clay Challenger  tournament last week. He was strong favourite for the final but lost in straight sets.

Istomin has won 2 of his last 10 matches. He started the season positively and beat Djokovic at the Australian Open. Since then his only decent weeks have been on clay.

Hard court results are similar but Istomin’s ROI is much higher, obviously boosted by the Djokovic win.  Value on Istomin today to take at least a set. Dzumhur could suffer with a little fatigue after his long run to the final last week.

Lay Dzumhur below 1.65.

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